FAQ - Pie-IX BRT
The BRT project will provide safe, reliable and rapid service thanks to the dedicated right-of-way, which will reduce to a minimum the possibility of conflicts with other road users. Buses that use their own right-of-way will not be slowed by traffic congestion. In addition, thanks to state-of-the-art technology, the BRT will have priority at traffic lights.
Riders will be able to purchase and validate their fares at the station immediately before boarding via any of the three bus doors. That will reduce the length of the time the bus is immobilized at the station, and will thus speed up and improve service. The BRT stations will be equipped with cutting-edge technology to keep riders informed in real time.
The Pie-IX BRT will mean a reduction in travel time of up to 10 minutes between Henri-Bourassa Boulevard and Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue, compared with standard buses before the start of work at the Henri-Bourassa/Pie-IX intersection.
The Amos station opened on October 17, 2016.
This first Pie-IX BRT station was built as a prototype, with a view to validating the costs and functioning of the various components of a BRT station, based on pre-determined success factors. The results will enable optimized construction of the subsequent stations.
The Amos station offers transit users all of the features and advantages of a typical BRT station, namely purchase and validation of fares in the station and boarding of the bus by any door, with a focus on safety, universal access and user comfort.
The Amos station currently serves the STM’s 139 and 439 lines. Ultimately, it will also serve the STL’s 52 and 252 lines and an Exo line.
A number of protection measures will be integrated to ensure the safety of transit users and pedestrians on Pie-IX Boulevard, including the following:
- Reduced speed of traffic thanks to narrower lanes
- Elimination of all left turns unprotected by traffic lights
Around the stations, a variety of protection measures will be deployed:
- Low concrete walls with guardrails will be built on both sides of the stations to protect users.
- Fencing installed across from the stations will prevent people from crossing the road other than at intersections.
- At the intersections where the stations are located, pedestrian crossing lights with digital and audio countdown and a call button will be installed on the curbside and in the median at the station crossing, to help pedestrians cross the boulevard.
- Pedestrian crosswalks will be widened to 5 metres.
- The dedicated BRT lane will be in a different colour, to avoid confusion for car drivers.
- The dedicated BRT line will be used full-time. No other vehicles will be able to use the lane.
Yes. The stations will be equipped with strips of tactile paving in contrasting colours, and the fact that the stations will be raised by about 13 mm will signal their presence. Pedestrian crossing lights with digital and audio countdown are also planned for the stations, so that pedestrians will be able to cross Pie-IX Boulevard safely. A wheelchair loading zone is also planned for each of the 17 stations.
The City of Montréal and the ARTM have agreed to take advantage of implementation of the Pie-IX BRT to carry out municipal infrastructure work (roadwork and underground systems) that is needed due to the end of the systems’ useful lives and asset capacity limits.
Integration of municipal infrastructure work into the Pie-IX project has the following advantages:
- Reduction of both partners’ costs by combining certain worksite expenses
- Concentration of all of the work during a given period, thus limiting the impact of the work on nearby residents and road users
- Minimization of inconvenience for residents and users
Work on the Pie-IX Bridge, including a dedicated BRT lane, is not part of the integrated Pie-IX BRT project. The Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l'Électrification des transports (MTMDET) will be responsible for Pie-IX Bridge-related work and communication.
If you have any comments related to the Pie-IX bridge major reconstruction project, you can contact the major project team at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The dedicated BRT lane will be located in the middle of Pie-IX Boulevard. The lane will be exclusive and permanent. With the BRT, there will no more be conflicts between buses and drivers who turn right or vehicles that enter and exit the numerous driveways along Pie-IX Boulevard. The planned configuration will mean reduced travel time and more regular service than with a curbside reserved lane. Transit users’ experience will also be greatly improved, thanks to comfortable stations where riders can buy their fares, loading through the articulated buses’ three doors and the display of real-time information. BRT frequency and speed will be comparable to the métro.
As currently planned, the integrated Pie-IX BRT project ends at the Pie-IX métro station (Green line) on Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue. However, on July 5, 2018, the Government of Quebec announced that it will contribute financially to various studies that the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) will undertake to develop public transit. Some of the studies will focus on an eventual extension of the Pie-IX BRT.
The west side of the Pie-IX Boulevard will be closed between Amos Street and Pierre-De-Coubertin Avenue to ensure maximum traffic flow throughout the first phase of the work. In addition, this will maximize the safety of local residents and avoid confusion for motorists and transit users. Finally, this configuration will create various areas for parking, when some sections on the west side will not be under construction. Notices will be sent to inform residents of the new sections of work on the west side of Pie-IX Boulevard, and thus the movement of parking availability.
Various electrification scenarios were analysed, first by the AMT in 2011 and then by the STM in 2013 and 2014.
Further to these studies, the scenario of an electric bus (or trolleybus) was not retained by the AMT, the City of Montréal or the STM, essentially due to very high costs, the impact of poles and overhead cables, and conflicts between the underground bases needed to support the power supply and municipal underground systems. The bases supporting the poles required for electrification are much larger than normal street light bases. In addition, there would be conflicts between these much larger bases and the roots of the numerous mature trees along the boulevard, the potable water main in the middle of the boulevard and certain sections of the sewer that have been retrofitted by the City of Montréal since 2011 in preparation for the Pie-IX BRT.